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LONG    LANCE

secured those fine white blankets you are wearing,
with the red and black stripes in them/

*Ha-h! Neena-washtay — washtaydo. Amba
wastayfch^ Seeha-sapa!—Oh! Very good—-excep-
tionally good. Howdy do5 Blackfeet,' said the
Suksiseoketuk chief.

Then he told our chief to tell his tribesmen to
get off their ponies and sit down and he would
have the Suksiseoketuk women make us some of
the white man's minne-seeha —'black water9, or
tea. And the chief said that while we were drink-
ing of it he would tell us about the white man.

We had never had tea before, and we youngsters
did not like it; it was bitter. The chief said that
the Hudson's Bay Company had traded it for
some of their skins—and they seemed to like this
tea. Our old people liked it, too.

But we boys were very interested in what the
chief told us about the white man. He told us to
beware of his food; as it would make our teeth
come out. He told us about the bread and the
sweets which the white man ate, and he pulled up
his upper lip and said:

^Wambadahka—Behold—my teeth are good3
and so are the teeth of all our old people; but
behold/ he said, walking over to a young boy and
pulling up his lip, 'behold, these teeth of the
young people are not good—too much white
man's food. Our people, like yourss never used

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